Malawi gets $30million from World Bank to fight AIDS

malawi_ken_kandodoThe World Bank granted Malawi $30 million on Saturday to fight HIV/AIDS which has ravaged the southern African nation in the last two decades.

World Bank manager for Malawi, Timothy Gilbo, and the countrys Finance Minister Ken Kandodo (pictured), said the money would also help government efforts to give more people access to free treatment.

The money would help increase access to HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and mitigation services, said Gilbo.

AIDS has killed more than 800,000 people in Malawi since the first case was reported in 1985, decimating a generation of the adult age group and leaving more than one million orphans.

But prevention interventions have lowered the overall prevalence rate to 12 percent from 14 percent, and greater access to free medicine has helped to reduce the number of people dying from HIV related illnesses by 70 percent.

Nyasa Times

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